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Lou gives 'em hell

Picture a beautiful summer day in the Rocky Mountains. The Cubs get 17 hits at Coors Field, don't allow the opposition any home runs, and lose. That was yesterday.

The luckiest Cub was manager Lou Piniella, who was ejected in the second inning and claimed he "took a nap and didn't watch the whole game" in the clubhouse.

He missed a strange game in which the Cubs outhit the Rockies 17-14 but left 13 runners on base, including seven in the first four innings.

The first five Cubs batters collected 12 hits but only three RBIs.

"We got a lot of hits and didn't get a lot of runs," said Derrek Lee, who had an RBI.


Randy Wells didn't keep his rookie magic going in his first trip to Coors Field:

Starter Randy Wells (8-5) had won 8 of his last 9 starts, but he suffered his worst outing of the season, allowing 5 earned runs in 51/3 innings. Three Cubs errors led to 2 unearned runs.

"There's not a whole lot to say," Wells told reporters after the game. "They swung the bats well. I didn't pitch well. I guess just chalk this one up as a tough day, forget about it, and come back and start a new run."


But Uncle Milty kept the two-hole dream alive:

The offensive highlight for the Cubs again was Milton Bradley, who had his first four-hit game since 2006 and raised his average 10 points to .266.

Since moving into the second spot of the batting order Friday, Bradley is 7-for-11 with two walks, two RBIs and a sacrifice bunt.


Sully gives us the low-down on the plans for the rotation, which mercifully include only one planned start for Spellcheck:


Newcomer Tom Gorzelanny, who has taken Ted Lilly's spot, will remain a starter once Lilly returns Monday, taking the spot now occupied by Samardzija.

It may sound confusing, but this is the way the starters fall into place after Wednesday:

Ryan Dempster pitches Thursday against the Phillies, followed by Randy Wells, Gorzelanny, Rich Harden and Lilly. Then it starts all over again, at least until Zambrano returns, perhaps the next time around.

Lilly has been cleared to pitch a rehab game Wednesday at TripleA Iowa in preparation for his start next Monday against the Padres.


It appears that Aramis Ramirez will be out again today, and possibly a couple more after if his shoulder doesn't feel better:

If a day or two of rest doesn't significantly improve the soreness in Aramis Ramirez's left shoulder, the next step could be a cortisone shot that sidelines the Cubs' cleanup hitter for at least two more games during a particularly tough stretch of opponents.

''We talked about it,'' said the third baseman, who was forced to leave Saturday's game in the fifth inning because of increasing soreness in the shoulder he dislocated early this season. ''We'll see how it responds with some [oral] medicine first before we take that step.

''We don't have any days off here, so it's going to be a day that we play if we do it.''

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flyball said:

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ok, I'm officially lost as to who is playing and when,

but I think I'm seeing Randy Wells pitch on Friday, so I guess thats interesting

JulieDiCaro said:

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Wait. . . does this mean we're escaping a Smaradiadahdasdasdfsdfa start? Because I would love that. . .

flyball said:

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I think he's on Wed, then the new rotation starts with Lilly coming back on Monday

JulieDiCaro said:

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ACK. I was hoping that wouldn't happen.

flyball said:

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lucky for us its a WGN game, so you know, lots of people can watch

flyball said:

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I don't understand how the Rockies are so dominant over the NL Central

millertime said:

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Cursed!

JulieDiCaro said:

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I'm really glad I pulled a Lou and didn't watch that much of the game yesterday. Even though we're two back, I still feel pretty good about this team. If I had watched yesterday, I don't know if I'd feel that way.

flyball said:

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after about the 3rd inning I decided that the season was lost, never to be regained

ok, not really, but I did take at least 5 steps backwards in the optimism department

secdelahc said:

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Lucky for us our TV took a dump, so we had to go buy a new one. By the time we got home, it was mercifully over. We just got to see the final score.

gravedigger said:

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Why do you feel good? This team sucks really, really hard.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Because they looked good against Marquis--and that was really the last game I watched.

flyball said:

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I feel that my emotions are being toyed with, they play awesome for a game or 2, and then can't score in Coors and have 3 errors

thisyearcub said:

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The errors have been ridiculous the last couple games, I agree. Very contagious.

jtbwriter said:

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Morning from decently cool (at least this morning) So Cal....

I didn't see Sunday's umpire ruined game-but methinks the league ought to review all 8 ejections/missed calls from Sunday! I do not pay to see a game controlled by the umpires and starring one blown call after another. I mean, I don't like Victorino of the Phils...but throwing him out when he's in the outfield? And what neighborhood was the 2nd baseman in on that double play? Please! I've got the number for MLB Headquarters-who wants it?

JulieDiCaro said:

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MLB won't do anything--they never do. The umps are all but untouchable. They have to tear someone's ACL to get any blowback at all.

secdelahc said:

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I sure hope Lilly does well when he gets back. All these injuries are starting to get ridiculous

Doc said:

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Record since Aaron Miles was activated off the DL...

1-3

secdelahc said:

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I think that says it all. Can't they come up with some sort of phantom injury for him like they did for Lieber last year?

gravedigger said:

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no joke -- i really do think that's a factor. god, his suckiness is permeating the roster

JulieDiCaro said:

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at the very least, it shows that performance doesn't count for much with the Cubs. guys like blanco, stevens, and hoffpauir get sent down so guys like spellcheck and miles can stay around? yeah--that's gotta be good for morale.

gravedigger said:

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you know what's good for morale? liquor.

JulieDiCaro said:

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also--winning. and having your sucktaclar players DFAd.

JulieDiCaro said:

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this morning i almost hit a loon going at top speed on a jet ski.

i'm very environmentally-friendly.

gravedigger said:

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I'd rather run over a smelly hippie.

JulieDiCaro said:

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No--I was on the jet ski. By "loon," I mean water fowl.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Don't forget that you were also throwing Molotov cocktails into protected wetlands. The fires you set mean they're not wet anymore!!

Doc said:

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are you still on vacation?

Slacker.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Today is my last day. Leaving to come home tomorrow morning.

Boo.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Max wrote this.

Max Power said:

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No one was shocked.

thisyearcub said:

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Bruce Miles, you the man.

blogs.dailyherald.com/node/2411

Doc said:

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Please prepare yourselves for a shock here...

I'm going to say some things very nice about Milton Bradley...

First, if it wasn't for getting thrown out at second, Saturday was Uncle Milty's all around game as a Cub...that sac bunt was great.

and second, I love the idea of him batting second. Hey Lou...keep him there. His OBP is perfect for the #2 slot.

gravedigger said:

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Matt: Please look at Soriano's line and continue to tell me he's worth $647 million a year.

Bullshit.

gravedigger said:

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Also, Theriot's OBP has fallen like 50 points in two months. Please, let's get a real shortstop (and second baseman)

Doc said:

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Geez...you know he's not getting $647 million a year.

But he is indeed worth every penny of the $354 million a season he is getting.

(it was hard keeping a straight face while typing that.)

thisyearcub said:

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Uh, that article had nothing to do with Soriano.

Doc said:

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That doesn't mean we can't complain about him.

gravedigger said:

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The article had this right in the middle of it:

Here are some other hitting lines, with OPS the last number:

Lee: .290/.365./.539/.904
Soriano: .250/.315/.443/.757
Theriot: .295/.348/.414/.763
Fukudome: .275/.391/.461/.852
Ramirez: .317/.385/.543/.927

Look at Soriano's line.

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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My favorite part is that Bruce keeps getting jabs in about how he's not on the road.

Dmband said:

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Hey did you guys here BB talking about Theriot not hustling around the bases? I dont know about you guys, but I have been extremely impressed with Brenley's work this year...all he is doing is telling it like it is. I wonder if the things he says make thier way down to the clubhouse, and how the players feel about it. You see where it got Steve Stone, I can only hope BB doesnt suffer the same fate. But, he will probably be managing some where next year.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Bob has really grown on me this season. His lack of restraing in calling out individual players is one of the reasons.

flyball said:

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agreed

Dmband said:

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My personal favorite "I never dreamed I would say this, but that was a good defensive play by Alfonso Soriano".

Classic.

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